A federal judge in Miami has awarded an Air Force veteran $1.25 million in the man’s medical malpractice suit against a United States Veterans Administration Hospital. The 69 year-old veteran claims he contracted Hepatitis C from the hospital after receiving a colonoscopy with improperly sanitized medical equipment.
The Air Force veteran is only the first of many other lawsuits the Miami VA Hospital is facing. The man was tested for Hepatitis C after he received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs two years after his colonoscopy that stated he should be tested for blood borne illnesses after officials discovered the equipment was not properly sterilized between patients. Other victims have contracted Hepatitis B and HIV.
The judge determined that the veteran contracted the illness from the hospital after tests he had in 2006 came up negative. An investigation led by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that approximately 11,000 veterans were exposed to improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment between 2004 and 2009 at VA hospitals in Miami; Augusta, Georgia; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
If you or someone you love has been injured by improperly sanitized medical equipment as a result of hospital negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Hospital negligence is dangerous and unacceptable, and you should not have to suffer for someone else’s mistake.